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Not surprisingly, the presidential election permeated every aspect of our lives in the weeks leading up to it. Students shirked their homework to phone-bank, canvass or just watch hilarious videos of Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. Alice Zhao '12's recent column ("Red States, Blue States," Nov. 14) certainly reflects the level of activity and involvement that we have in our political system. Anybody looking outside their window on campus right after the results were announced would attest to this: Hordes of Obama supporters screamed and ran over the sidewalks that they had chalked with political messages just hours earlier.
The other day, while waiting in line for my ham, egg and cheese sandwich in Collis, I overheard some upperclassmen discussing an Opinion column in The Dartmouth. "This is why they shouldn't let freshmen write for The D," one concluded. I received a particularly scathing piece of hate mail earlier this term from an alumnus who explained the system to me: "The only reason freshmen write columns for The D is so that the whole campus can get a laugh." Others, I have heard, check the class of the writer before they even bother reading the article.
A notable regular season ended with an eighth-place finish for the Dartmouth men's club water polo team at the National Collegiate Club Championship this weekend at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. This year's ranking was just one spot below the squad's best ever seventh-place finish in 2001.
On the Charles River, Sam Williams '12 and Anne Megargel '09 navigated to a sixth-place finish in the Division A races, tallying 24 points.
Jamal Brown '08 was featured by the gay periodical Out Magazine as one of the "Men and Women Who Made 2008 a Year to Remember." Brown was recognized as a gay man who "moved culture" in the past year, according to the magazine's web site. While competing as a sprinter for Dartmouth, Brown was "a recognized leader" on the Dartmouth track team, representing Dartmouth at the 2007 NCAA Leadership Conference, according to the article. That same year, Brown helped organize the first annual PRIDE gay awareness week at the College, according to a previous article in The Dartmouth. Brown is now working in Boston, Mass., as a legal assistant at the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and plans to run competitively at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany.
The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and Dartmouth Medical School collaborated on a new web site, NoSmokingRoom.org, to teach girls between the ages of 8 and 11 about the dangers of smoking. Ninety percent of smokers become addicted to nicotine before the age of 21, and young girls are more susceptible to nicotine addiction than boys, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The construction of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, a process characterized by "angst, frustration, lack of candor and absurdity," is being stalled by the competing objectives of the numerous parties involved, David Williams '79, the project manager, said in a lecture on Monday in Collis Center room 101. He attributed the significant delay to a lack of agreement among those involved regarding the relative importance of different components of the memorial.
A country's economic development depends on the number of opportunities people have to meet their needs in that country's economic market, Goldstone said. He argued that the number of opportunities available is not determined by whether the country is a democracy and warned that increasing the range of opportunities takes time.
The College's Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of a new neurology department at Dartmouth Medical School during its Fall term meeting on Nov. 7 and 8.
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding will house the new Institute on Applied Circumpolar Policy, which aims to address issues caused by rapid climate change and educate students on how government policy affects environmental problems in polar regions. The College joined with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Urbana University in Ohio to sponsor the Institute, which officially opened in New York on Friday, College Provost Barry Scherr said.
Last week, two events about sex and sexuality took place at Dartmouth. Chabad sponsored a lecture by Dr. Miriam Grossman, author of the book "Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in her Profession Endangers Every Student" ('Speaker warns women against casual sex," Nov. 11). Meanwhile, the Aquinas House hosted a panel discussion on the Catholic Church's position on sexuality entitled "The Joy of Sex."
If you asked me how many times per week I visit Food Court specifically to scope out the frozen yogurt sundae bar, I would probably lie rather than admit how often I tell the FoCo cashier, "Just toppings!" But seriously, there was no better place than FoCo to satisfy a candy craving -- until this fall. Many students are overcome by frustration and anger at the replacement of the open plastic containers with those closed, gumball machine-esque plastic monstrosities.
These may sound like the folksy ruminations of an insincere political candidate vying for votes on the campaign trail, but they belong to a legitimately respected and talented American: New England musical sensation Dar Williams.
Just a day after Dartmouth men's soccer secured a share of the Ivy League title in a 2-0 victory over Brown in Hanover on Saturday night, the NCAA awarded an at-large bid to the national tournament to the Big Green. Dartmouth was given the 16th overall seed and a first-round bye. The team will face the winner of the first-round match between Colgate University and Boston College. The Big Green's second-round match will be held at Burnham Field in Hanover on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Dartmouth is the highest-seeded Ivy League team in the tournament. The University of Pennsylvania and Harvard also received bids.
Ben True '08 and Glenn Randall '09 will go on to race in the NCAA Cross Country Championships as the Dartmouth men's and women's cross country teams finished fourth and 13th, respectively, at the NCAA Regionals on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.